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Dr Ben Goertzel - Will Artificial Intelligence Kill Us?


First Broadcast: July 29, 2019

Dr. Ben Goertzel is a cross-disciplinary scientist, entrepreneur and author. He leads the SingularityNET Foundation, the OpenCog Foundation, and the AGI Society which runs the annual Artificial General Intelligence conference. Dr. Goertzel also chairs the futurist nonprofit Humanity+, and serves as Chief Scientist of AI firms Singularity Studio, Rejuve, SingularityDAO and Xccelerando Media, all parts of the SingularityNET ecosystem.

Before entering the software industry Ben obtained his PhD in mathematics from Temple University in 1989, and served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

As Chief Scientist of robotics firm Hanson Robotics, he led the software team behind the Sophia robot; as Chief AI Scientist of Awakening Health he leads the team crafting the mind behind Sophia’s little sister Grace.

Ben’s research work encompasses multiple areas including artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds, gaming, parapsychology, theoretical physics and more.

He has published dozens of scientific books, over 100 technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles, and given talks at a vast number of events of all sorts around the globe.

Along with his technical and philosophical work he enjoys creating experimental fiction and music and hiking, backpacking, kayaking and other outdoor activities. Ben is a brilliant mind and a fascinating character and I know you’re going to love this incredible conversation as we go deep on everything from the Singularity, AI, the blockchain and even psychedelics!

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  1. Is AI going to submit mankind?
  2. AI will be conscious
  3. What’s going to happen 40 years from now?
  4. The singularity is coming
  5. Who controls the AI?
  6. What psychedelics taught me
  7. Why AI won’t try to take over the world
  8. Thoughts on blockchain
  9. How AI can potentially be a threat
  10. Will there be a robot army?
  11. Prediction on the future of Facebook
  12. Do we live in a simulation?
  13. Why China is thriving
  14. How AI can help people


00:00 | Trailer
02:49 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:12 | Brian’s introduction
04:57 | The difference in AI development terms between England and Asia
09:49 | The early years of AI and AGI to its present-day applications, posing the question what is the limit
15:36 | When AIs are vastly more intelligent than humans the future is irreducible uncertainty
20:36 | Early stage super intelligence use needs to be for positivity and benevolence not for killing and spying
23:28 | Will the early intelligences have some type of consciousness and a human type evolution
28:59 | The mind-boggling future 40 or 50 years from now, you may have two options,37:58 Will AI have the ability of developmental values as humans
44:02 | Selling, killing, Spying and Gambling on which big business AIPGs are focussed, disturbs Ben
51:40 | What Ben thinks of Bitcoin and Blockchain
56:07 | Singularity will happen sooner or later and with it chips in your head and the 3D printed children
1:05:46 | The scary possibility of a dystopian world
1:14:53 | Preparedness of African continent for a future with AI
1:17:05 | People are not prepared for singularity, yet they have already adopted some developments
1:19:00 | Will robot armies be the future of combat between countries
1:22:39 | Why the West is pessimistic for the future and the East is hopeful
1:24:19 | Why Ben lives in Hong Kong, sees life in China contrary to Western perception
1:36:26 | How his company is marketing AI products with companies across the world
1:40:16 | Ben believes we have no idea what the fundamental basis of our reality is
1:41:49 | He hopes to live forever or for his offspring to work out how to reincarnate him
1:42:00 | Is he up for 3D printing any children
1:46:01 | How Ben’s talks are received
1:50:27 | Ben’s daily routine
1:52:45 | What is his superpower
1:56:02 | Best and worst days of his life
1:58:39 | What scares Ben
2:01:10 | What we would be surprised to learn about Ben
2:02:53 | What keeps him awake at night
2:04:35 | Phone call to the 20 years old Ben Goertzel2:06:45 What Ben’s psychedelic experiences have taught him about the future world
2:10:10 | Success secrets
2:11:02 | Advice to the 20 years old listening2:12:20 Why Ben really wants the younger generation to be knowledgeable and aware of the future reality
2:15:35 | Brian’s summing up.


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